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Exercise is Hard

Posted: February 11, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Confessions
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Motivations 2Exercise is hard.

That may not sound like a shocking thing to say, but if you are going to exercise at any health level, it should always be hard. If it isn’t hard, are you really exercising? The point of the entire process is to push your body so that your heart keeps pumping at a higher rate and you burn calories or burn muscle. That’s the point regardless of where your health is.

Pushing Through the Pain

Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it should be unbearably hard. There are typically about 3 or 4 times in every workout I do that makes me want to stop and say I’ve done enough. That’s normally the best time to take a quick break and see if you can recover and go back to it. If you are still struggling just as bad as you were before you take your break, that may mean you have over exerted yourself and you need to stop. If it is a little bit easier, keep going. Your mind is going to try to quit before your body is. You have to overcome your mental exhaustion repeatedly when exercising. Push through the pain, it will be well worth it.

Know Your Limitations

It’s one thing to push through the pain, it’s a completely different thing to push yourself so hard that you do something that can be seriously detrimental to your health. Don’t play around with injuries. If you have one, modify any exercise that tests it. If your body has been through tons of turmoil, pace yourself and see how much you can take. Not every person is capable of doing the same type of exercise, so figure out what you can and can’t do.Motivations 1

Cut Yourself Some Slack

You’ll have good days, you’ll have bad days. You’ll have days where you just can’t get anything done. When it happens, just vow to try again the next day. The mental side of exercise is one of the biggest challenges that people face when trying to get into a consistent exercise routine. If you miss a day, you might be inclined to beat yourself up over it. Then discouragement starts to set in, and you get in danger of stopping altogether. There’s nothing you can do about the past, so just focus on your overall goal and strive to achieve that.

Motivations 3Exercise is meant to be hard, and it’s easy to lose sight of that. Just because you are struggling through a workout doesn’t mean you need to give up or you aren’t doing it right. It means you need to keep trying to get better. You’ll be glad you did.

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

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I Have No Will Power

Posted: February 1, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Confessions
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Yes, it’s true. I have no will power. Never have. If I see something I like, I will probably eat it. Even worse, I will eat way too much of it. If you haven’t figured this out from my love of Peanut M&M’S. Even worse, this picture about the cake, that’s happened with me before. Having no will power makes it difficult to lose weight, obviously. So how do I overcome it and how can others who have no will power overcome it?

Distractions

As weird as it sounds, distracting yourself from food can be a big help. If you can’t think about food, then you aren’t likely to give into a food craving. I have found that the times that I eat the most are the times when I have nothing to do, or I am just sitting around the house, I will mindlessly eat. Keep yourself preoccupied, it will cut down on that.

Exercise

I know it sounds too clich√© to say that exercise really helps your will power, but it does. I hate destroying whatever workout I have had that morning by eating poorly. What’s the point of exercise if you aren’t going to eat the way you are supposed to? You can exercise until you’re blue in the face, (literally) but if you don’t eat right you won’t see any results.

Keep Weaknesses Out of the House

This works better than pretty much everything else. If the food isn’t there, I can’t eat it. We do keep a few things, but it’s nothing that will absolutely wreck a nutritional plan. It is okay to have a little bit of something that may not be the healthiest option, but you have to keep it in small amounts. You also have to keep those times to a minimum. Best thing to do is just eliminate the temptation altogether.

I know how hard it is to not have will power. I know how frustrating and disappointing it can be to give into a temptation. When it happens, chalk it up to a bad day. Don’t let it ruin you or throw you completely off track. We all have bad days, we just can’t let them control us. Keep your head up, you’ll get there.

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

I Love to Eat

Posted: January 18, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Confessions
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I’ll admit it; I love to eat. And I don’t mean snack around occasionally. I love to indulge myself in sweets, red meat, and pretty much anything else that you shouldn’t eat a whole lot . When I was at a much bigger weight, I never denied myself anything I wanted to eat, so it has been difficult to learn how to not cave in to certain cravings. So what changed?

Self Discipline

This has been the biggest change. I have had to really instill in myself the ability to simply not eat so much. How do you do this? A couple of ways. First is to exercise. It is true that exercise makes you hungrier. The key for me though is that I don’t want to waste whatever workout I had that morning by eating something I know will just throw that time in the trash can. If I were just going to do that, I would try to get an extra hour of sleep every morning. The second thing I have done is to eat small amounts throughout the day whenever I feel hungry. This allows me to not get so hungry at the end of the day and eat way more than I should.

Making Changes

There are a lot of things you can do to help make the transition. One of the first things we have done is to eliminate a lot of the temptations from the house. If the food is there, I am going to eat it. I wish it weren’t that way, but I just will. Also, I don’t completely avoid the things that I just love to eat. Doing so can cause people to, for lack of a better word, binge eat. It’s okay to have something sweet every so often. It’s okay to have a steak every now and then. They key is to watch how much of it you are eating when you do. That leads me to my last point.

Portion Control

Portion control is my biggest obstacle. When I have dinner, I always want to go back for seconds. When I go out to eat, I want to eat the biggest thing I can find. The most important thing for someone to do who has problems with portion control is to learn that smaller amounts will fill you up just as well as bigger amounts. The hardest lesson to learn for those of us who struggle with portion control is that eating a lot at one sitting won’t keep hunger from coming later. It might give you a little extra time, but eating a huge lunch isn’t going to keep you from getting hungry at supper time.¬† Portion control may be the number one problem facing most people who are overweight.

If you love to eat, all is not lost. It doesn’t mean that you can’t lose weight, but it does mean you are going to have to make some changes. I did it. You can too. I hope you have a great day ladies and gentlemen, and may all your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

My First Confession

Posted: January 10, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Confessions
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Let me be straight to the point, I hate exercising. I hate how I feel exhausted doing it. I hate waking up as early as I do so I can get my 35-45 minutes of exercise in a day. I hate feeling like I have been beaten to a pulp every day. It’s a grind, and it really isn’t that much fun.

So why do I do it? There are lots of reasons, but I love what it does FOR me. As I post more and more on this site, I will talk about all the benefits to exercising on a regular basis. I will hopefully encourage you by sharing some of my experiences with exercise, nutrition, and weight loss.

If you struggle with your weight and exercise, let me assure you, I know how you feel. My weight at one time ballooned up to 260 pounds. I lost about 75 pounds to get it down to 185, and it has gone up and down some. I want this to be a place where people can share what they’ve done to exercise, tips they have on weight loss, and just a place to share their own experiences.

I will try to post something short that includes my previous day’s exercise, how I did with eating, and where I succeeded and failed each day. I am also currently on Weight Watchers (will explain more about that later down the road) and will share my points for the day.

I’m looking forward to this, and I hope you are too!

Justin